Bob West has been promoted to vice president of business operations for Hytrol Conveyor Co. In his new role, West will be responsible for distributor support (inside sales and customer service), systems concepting and applications, scheduling, materials and logistics, and information technology operations. He has been with Hytrol for 13 years, most recently as director of business operations.
In another move, Hytrol has named Dean Vinson as its customer relations manager. Vinson, who has been with Hytrol for 30 years, will focus on serving the needs of the Hytrol distributor network.
Knapp Logistics and Automation has hired John King as its vice president, sales and marketing. He had held a similar position at Daifuku America. In other appointments, Knapp has named Raul Flores head of its newly opened office in Anaheim, Calif., and has appointed Doug Isaac national sales manager for Canada, working from the Toronto office. Knapp also has appointed Korbus de Kock as vice president, engineering and manufacturing.
Douglas Houston is the new director of sales for Sackett Systems, a manufacturer of battery handling and maintenance equipment. Houston brings more than 30 years of sales, finance, and management experience in the material handling industry to his new role. He had previously worked for Crown Lift Trucks and Nissan Forklift Corp.
Al Benki has been appointed senior vice president, international services, for Ozburn-Hessey Logistics. In this newly created position, Benki will focus on the company's Latin American trade and work in conjunction with OH Logistics' Barthco International division. He comes to OH Logistics from Exel, where he was senior vice president, global sea freight.
Transplace, a company that provides logistics technology and transportation management services, has promoted Thomas Sanderson to CEO. He formerly was president and COO. Sanderson will retain his responsibilities as president and will sit on the company's board of directors. In another move, Transplace has hired Steven Crowther as chief financial officer.
Essa Al-Saleh has been named president and CEO of Agility's Global Integrated Logistics unit. Previously, he was Agility's managing director for corporate development. He has been with the logistics company since 1998.
Intelligrated has relocated its Midwest operations to a new, larger facility in Woodridge, Ill. The facility will provide clients with customer support; system concepting and estimating; and project management, engineering, controls, and installation.
Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. has named Ron Roensch vice president, legal, human resources, and dealer development. In addition, the Irvine, Calif.-based company has promoted Terry Rains to national manager for parts, service, and customer satisfaction; Troy Kaiser to national manager for technical and warranty operations; and Bruce Marti to national manager of parts, service, customer satisfaction, and customer service support operations.
The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) has chosen its board of directors for the coming year. The president is Kenneth Miesemer of St. Onge Co.; the vice president is Mark Cleveland of Allstate Print Communication Center; the secretary/treasurer is David Zuern of Invacare Corp.; and the immediate past president is Paul Marshall of Limited Logistics Services. Other board members include Amy Carovillano of The Container Store; Catherine Cooper of World Connections; Lawrence Corrigan of Tractor Supply Co.; Timothy Feemster of Grubb & Ellis; Scott McWilliams of Ozburn-Hessey Logistics; Patti Satterfield of Fortna; Lawrence Dean Shemesh of OPSdesign Consulting; Andrea Velasquez of A. Epstein and Sons; and Robert Shaunnessey, the executive director of WERC.
Ozburn-Hessey Logistics has made two key appointments. Bert Irigoyen has been named vice president and CFO, while Ed Triplett takes over as senior vice president, finance. Irigoyen brings over 20 years of experience to his role, most recently with Global Knowledge Networks. Triplett moves into his newly created job after serving as corporate treasurer at Doane Pet Care Co.
Orbis Corp. has promoted David Rodgers to senior vice president and general manager of Orbis Container Services. He will be responsible for managing this Orbis subsidiary, which provides and manages pools of reusable plastic containers for moving fruits and vegetables throughout the produce supply chain. Rodgers had previously been vice president of sales and marketing. In addition, Orbis has promoted Michelle Ziegler to director of sales for Orbis Container Services. She previously was national sales manager.